Yet another visit to Moorfields Eye Hospital this afternoon, where I met with CEO David Probert (right), and recently appointed Medical Director Nick Strouthidis.
We hadn't met before, but as both men wear glasses, that was an immediate ice breaker
Nick Strouthidis said he's quite myopic, and at 44 the wrong age for laser, so would be looking at MF lens, with which he said - and I quote - ‘there’s a significant risk’!
David Probert said he only wears reading glasses, and I advised he stick to them!
As well as discussing my concerns about Moorfields' private sector, some of which I mentioned in my previous post, they asked about My Beautiful Eyes Foundation, my work as a patient advocate, and the campaign for government regulation of the refractive surgery industry.
I explained how, over FIVE years, THREE health ministers have each postponed/cancelled scheduled meetings with me, reluctant to challenge this cowboy industry, so by avoiding me they can pretend all is well!
David Probert assured me that while they can't be politically involved, Moorfields unreservedly supports regulation.
That'll do for me!
I also explained that the NHS is providing aftercare to increasing numbers of patients damaged by private refractive surgery providers, at enormous cost, and that the government cannot continue to ignore this for much longer.
I explained that in some cases, local CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) are refusing to fund NHS treatment for damaged patients, who then have nowhere else to turn to, unable to afford further private treatment.
At this point Nick Strouthidis reasonably suggested that surely the providers (OE et al) should be paying for the treatment...
I showed him an email from a man who contacted me very recently. He’d attended Optical Express for a post lasik check up, complaining of problems with his vision they sent him packing to Moorfields, where he was diagnosed with a detached retina - and operated on at cost to the NHS!
For the government to acknowledge the enormity of this problem, data for the numbers of private patients being treated on the NHS must be collated, and I asked David and Nick if Moorfields would consider doing this now, and lead the way for other NHS eye hospitals to follow suit.
They were entirely receptive to my suggestion, as I expect all NHS providers to be - not fair to expect the NHS to use their resources to clean up the mess caused by the private providers who continue to profit from doing so!
We discussed the colossal scale of such a task, and how it could be achieved. Not so simple I can assure you, because the patient numbers treated at Moorfields are astronomical!
But whilst they figure out the logistics of collecting historic data, they agreed that they will implement data collection of future patients who’ve been damaged by private providers.
Although I can’t cover all the details here, the meeting was productive, and I came away feeling confident that David and Nick will do what they said they would, and I look forward to further discussions with them in the near future.
OERML forum was out of action for a while due to security/maintenance issues, and I am updating with posts that were published on Facebook in the interim.
Posted 13 July:
Catch up - posted 20 August:
It's taken a while - 44 days to be exact - but you all know I'm not one to give up
So with help from Times reporter Andrew Ellson, and many emails to Twitter, explaining who wanted to silence me and why, tonight they 'unsuspended' my account @OERMLuk
When I asked Ian Plunkett at Twitter's Global Policy Communications why my account had been suspended (permanently), he told me, 'It was an error in enforcement based on a report and has been overturned by our teams based on appeal.'
And to the person who tried to silence me - the truth WILL out!
The crutches have nothing to with my eyes, I was attacked by a neighbour’s German Shepherd (ex guard dog) on 5 August and my left leg was very badly bitten in a number of places.
Police, ambulance, stitches… I'd post some pics but they really are gruesome
This photo was taken a few days later when I accompanied one of Julian Stevens' private patients to a meeting with Moorfields’ Medical Director Declan Flanagan, and Managing Director Maria Dimmock, to discuss the patient’s complaints concerning her treatment.
I bumped into a surgeon I know who dryly commented, ‘Aren’t you in the wrong hospital?’
By Sunday my thigh was continuing to swell up, and I was back at my local A&E!
It was thought that I had an abscess and would have to go to theatre, but thankfully when the surgeon arrived she decided it was an infection, and I was immediately given heavy duty antibiotics intravenously.
For the following three days I attended the Ambulatory Care Unit for continued IV treatment. I’m now back on oral antibs, and hopefully the infection will clear up - so don’t bother buying the dog a butcher's shop boys!
I’ll do my best to tell you more about the meeting with Declan Flanagan over the next few days.
While Dimitri Kazakos is no longer with Optical Express, he faces a significantly high number of legal claims from his previously damaged patients: which begs the question, who will indemnify him when they are settled?
And if you think it couldn't get any worse, Optical Express have been sending their 'complex' damaged patients to Dimitri's own clinic!
This unregulated industry is scarily out of control, and until the government acknowledge the fact, and address the issue, too many more trusting people will have their eyes irreparably damaged and their lives devastated!
And coincidentally - because the CQC had invited me before my Twitter a/c was suspended last Wednesday - the topic of today’s meeting was the dishonest person who lied when he complained to Twitter that I had ‘multiple accounts’!
He should have heeded the lessons OE have learnt to their cost over the years, that for every action there is a reaction [sic]!
I can't tell you much more just yet, other than this man can expect a tsunami to hit his beach fairly soon, and when it does you'll hear all about it!
Posted here on 1 January, 'And I have VERY good reason to believe that the refractive eye surgery industry scandal WILL - at long last - be exposed in 2018!'
Two days ago I received this chilling message from Twitter!
And I can assure you that on this occasion Optical Express are not responsible - but I know who is!
This was the work of a very desperate man, following questions he was asked by a journalist a few hours earlier!
He, along with so many others who’ve conspired with him, is finally facing public exposure for fraudulent activities spanning more than fifteen years!
And although the full story won't be publicised just yet, I don't think we'll have to wait too long!
And when this happens, I intend to name and shame all those who’ve turned a blind eye to this man's activities for so many years, including members and prominent trustees of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists!
And the ‘multiple account’ that I believe was reported to Twitter as belonging to me? It most definitely does not!
Meanwhile, it’s been too long since I last posted these words...
I so wish I could have seen the expressions on Simon Whale and David Moulsdale’s faces last week, when emails popped up from Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell - Subject Access Requests to Luther Pendragon and Optical Express
A few weeks ago an Optical Express insider provided me with more info about Luther Pendragon, that it wasn’t just me they were paid to discredit with press/media, MPs, etc…, but John McDonnell too, because of his ongoing support - since 2012 - for me and My Beautiful Eyes campaign for government regulation.
And while we were discussing the evidence I’d been sent, John googled Luther Pendragon...
I've previously posted about FODO director Alan Tinger, closely allied with Optical Express, and Luther Pendragon's SAR disclosure admitted that they had also been advising his questionable ‘federation' in relation to me!
And this article about Luther Pendragon having worked with tobacco firm Phillip Morris also includes FODO!
As John said, Luther Pendragon are not nice people, and as I replied, that’s of course why FODO and Optical Express chose them for their dirty work!
Luther Pendragon definitely earned their estimated £1/4 million payment from OE, successfully stopping so many of my press and media interviews over the last four years, but I promise you, that’s all about to change...
And perhaps Luther Pendragon should consider finding a scandal management company to represent them, because their already putrid reputation is going to be totally trashed when John McDonnell is through with them!
Maybe Big Partnership PR company in Glasgow will be able to help, because they, just like Luther Pendragon, have been very happy to play with the other roaches in OE’s swamp over the past few years!
A fellow campaigner couldn't stop laughing when he called earlier to tell me about 'Dr Lasek' (aka Emil W Chynn) @ Park Avenue Laser Vision clinic in New York
And if it were April Fools' Day I'd have believed it to be nothing more than a prank!
'Dr. Chynn would like to find a dog who is more myopic, and then laser him for free to make him see better! The candidate dog would need to have myopia more than -1.00.
If you know a dog who sees well up-close but not far away, and is young (or else a more likely diagnosis is cataract) then call Park Avenue LASEK and speak to Dr. Chynn. He will examine the dog, put him in touch with a veterinary ophthalmologist, do the contact lens trial, and proceed to LASEK if indicated–all for free!
Thanks for helping us expand laser vision correction to help non-human species. After our successful dog trial, we would like to expand to cats, and other species.
Dr. Chynn has published over 100 articles, and was Principal Investigator of the FDA trial for the first solid-state excimer laser, so is very scientific. So he would do this trial in blinded fashion, meaning an assistant would insert the lens, so the judges wouldn’t be biased, since they wouldn’t know if the dog had the lens in or out when being tested ?'
Dr Emil Chynn has an enormous ego, and if it weren't so scary that he is allowed to operate on people - never mind animals - he'd be quite amusing!
'I was actually the very first MD to arrive at WTC after the towers were hit...
So when I saw the twin towers burning from my apartment building I fed my dog, Hershey, walked him, put together an emergency first aid kit, put on my rollerblades, and headed downtown.'
But unbelievably Dr Chynn is serious, and after reading some of his reviews I'm still having difficulty processing the fact that this psychopath is legally allowed to operate.
A review from Sam J includes a photo of Rhett stretched out on the clinic's couch close to surgical equipment!
I met with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell at his constituency office in Hayes last Friday
Scandal management company Luther Pendragon was top of the agenda, and it was John's first opportunity to read through the data they'd disclosed to me in May.
No matter that everything I write/say is true, due to Luther Pendragon's dirty tactics over the last four years, OE have successfully stopped the majority of my interviews being published/broadcast, including an article for the Sunday Telegraph in May 2015, by journalist Robert Mendick, and most recently, my interview for Rip Off Britain, filmed at the BBC Manchester studios in August 2017.
John and I also discussed Greg Brady’s treatment at Accuvision, the numbers of people now relying on the NHS for aftercare, how some people are being refused necessary treatment by their local CCG, and OE’s 'Thanks A Million’ campaign - a scam to spam!
And, much as I’d like to share more details of this meeting with you, I’d also be sharing with everyone involved in David Moulsdale's Machiavellian plot to discredit me, a pathetically desperate attempt to protect his company from negative press and media cover.
However, I can share a few of the gems disclosed by Luther Pendragon in response to my SAR.
On 18 May 2016 the Royal College of Ophthalmologists hosted the pointless 'Patient engagement day’, to discuss their refractive surgery standards draft. But the meeting had not been advertised and I only found out about it the night before the deadline for registration, entirely thanks to an anonymous email.
Included in Luther Pendragon’s disclosure, this email 'from FODO to FODO members' the following day...
‘Given Sasha Rodoy’s down ifficulty [sic] in finding out about the event - and she is right about that of course, this has been done hugger mugger by the RCOphth - I imagine it has also been advertised on her website which is perhaps how the other disgruntled patients found out’.
No sh*t Sherlock!
Some of you may recall my mentioning the very unpleasant Alan Tinger who attended this event, incredibly rude and dismissive to me and other campaigners, purporting to be a member of the public when I asked. At the time I thought he was spying for Russell Ambrose, but soon afterwards discovered that he was a FODO director, working with (and allegedly paid by) Optical Express.
Notice how the pieces of info I collect along the way eventually slot into this nauseating jigsaw puzzle!
As a case in point let's go back to my post on 21 June, when I published FODO’s response to my having told them that I was fully aware that they had withheld numerous other email communications with third parties concerning me.
FODO replied, ‘I am afraid that we have made available all the data we hold about you.’
Obviously not according to Luther Pendragon's disclosure!
Just like London Vision Clinic owner Dan Reinstein and Advanced Vision Care owner CT Pillai, FODO have also lied to me, and therfore join their cohorts as subjects of my nine current related complaints to the ICO.
Another email disclosed by Luther Pendragon, 'from FODO member to other FODO members', and although his name redacted, obviously written by Alan Tinger!
‘To call yesterday’s patient consultation a farce* would be a serious understatement!
Sasha Rodoy - “full-time" agitator against OE and Otimax [sic] (I am sure very well known to OE colleagues!)
The meeting was very poorly chaired.** Following a presentation of the proposals by XXXXX (including acknowledgement of 95% patient satisfaction rate) the first half of the session up to the tea break was taken up by Sasha Rodoy and her supporters ranting and raving that she had been forced off the Working Group, that the event was only on the Royal College website, that the 95% data was flawed because the majority of it came from OE and that XXXX knows nothing about refractive surgery whereas it had ruined Sasha’s life (former Optimax patient).
I ... told Sasha Rodoy and her cohort that repeating the same things over and over again did not give them any more validity. She kept saying she had thousands of “clients” (a fantasist) but when I asked she says she does not charge them. OE colleagues will clearly know all about her and her methods. Amongst everything else that she repeated over and over again was that she works with the Shadow Chancellor who I see from Google did propose that there be a bill to regulate the sector a few years ago. I cannot imagine it is a priority given his current role.'
*I couldn’t agree more, **chaired by the LAG member puppet who replaced me on the RSSWG.
Perhaps it would be prudent for all concerned to pay more attention to the new GDPR before lying to me!
And this photo was taken to assure anyone in doubt, namely Luther Pendragon and Optical Express, that regardless of his current role as Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell is just as committed to supporting me and My Beautiful Eyes Campaign for government regulation as he always has been - even more so after what I told him on Friday!
This morning I received some - but definitely not all - of the emails Optimax MUST disclose in response to my recent Subject Access Request (SAR)...
And as usual they didn't fail to entertain
And if the writer of this email (I believe Paul Rosen at/or Optegra Eye Hospital) has to ask 'What the heck is wrong with this woman?', then there's no hope for any of us damaged patients!
Because the entire industry flatteringly follow my every move, and of course they know what's wrong with my eyes!
But they expect damaged patients to limp away and live the rest of our lives in silence, which is mostly what was happening before I turned over the rocks of this incestuous industry and exposed the corruption crawling beneath!
And there's so much more yet to come boys and girls!
PS: If Optegra Eye Hospital or Paul Rosen deny my claim, they have my email address, and in the interests of transparency I will publish their response.